Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Today on his birthday, wefornews wishes him happy birthday and wish him all the success, luck and hope he continues to do what he has been doing for years to come.
Here are five interesting facts about the Barcelona forward you might not have known.
Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child.
After a fast progression through Barcelona’s youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004. Despite being injury-prone during his early career, he established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, finishing 2007 as a finalist for both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award.
At 22 years old, Messi won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award by record voting margins. As an Argentine international, Messi is Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer with 55 goals in 112 matches.
After making his senior debut in August 2005, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition, and reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where he was named young player of the tournament.
As the squad’s captain since August 2011, he led Argentina to the finals of the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Copa América, and both times was selected as player of the tournament.